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Some 6,750 New Zealand Flights Were Booked to Film 'The Hobbit'

December 14, 2012 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a good day for fans of The Hobbit as the movie finally hits U.S. theaters today, but they aren't the only ones with a reason to celebrate.

No one is more excited about the Hobbit Trilogy then Film New Zealand which has been tracking the film's huge economic impact on the country.

Here's a look at the impact of The Hobbit, by the numbers:

4 tons of silicon were used to generate 11,862 prosthetics.
88 pounds of yak hair and 22 pounds of human hair were used to create wigs
99 sets were built
5 helicopters used for location scouting
44 hobbit holes were built in the Hobbiton set
6750 domestic flights were taken
19 commercial properties were leased long term
93,000 hotel bed nights were sold
1800 rental cars were hired
1650 work vehicles were used
$380,000 was spent on coffee
580 people served by catering on location every day
$1,450,000 was spent with local food suppliers
16,000 days were worked by New Zealand actors
$9,180,000 was spent on set construction materials (with local suppliers)

Many of those Hobbit sets are not only still intact but are open for tours, parties, or weddings at Hobbiton on private farmland near Matamata. Fans can visit 44 hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Pub, the double arched bridge, and the famous Party Tree at the site. We've already been! Tours can be booked now at hobbitontours.com.

[Photo: hobbitontours.com]

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